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Tips on Living with a Siberian Husky

Living with a Siberian Husky as your pet and taking care of him is a wonderful experience. Siberian Huskies are good-natured and very energetic. They have a few basic requirements to be good family-members but it is the same with most dogs and even with most humans. ISHC has a few tips for having a successful relationship with a Husky and making him part of your family.

1. Be the pack leader

Siberian Huskies are pack dogs and they want to be part of your pack (your family). To make sure that they know who the pack leader is, you need to identify yourself as the alpha. Once the Husky knows who is in charge and who his pack is, you will have no problems. Make sure to clearly establish yourself as the leader of the pack and make sure your family does the same.

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2. He has to be trained

It doesn’t matter that much whether you train him or if you take him to obedience school, as long as he gets training. Puppy school and obedience school can sometimes be more convenient because the people there already know what to do and how to get results. You may have to do some research. Regardless of who does the training, it is important that your Siberian is socialized and taught to obey basic commands. Socialization is important because they need to be able to get along with other dogs and people. You should also do crate training to establish boundaries in your home and leash training to ensure that he behaves when you go for walks or to the dog park.

3. He needs exercise

This is something that is non-negotiable when you have a Husky as a pet. They are working dogs and they have a lot of energy. They have to be taken for a walk or run daily. Play with them and give them mental and physical stimulation. You can get them puzzle toys or build your own. You will be surprised how a mental challenge can exhaust them. If your Siberian does not get enough exercise, he will get bored which will lead to destructive and disobedient behavior. Try and get an exercise time everyday and make sure that you give him a lot of opportunities to be a Husky.

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4. Beware the prey drive

Because Siberian Huskies lived as part of families in Siberia, they are good with children and will not be a threat to them. However, they do have a prey drive as they were left to run free and find their own food during the warm months of the year. They caught and ate small animals like birds, rabbits, and squirrels. This means that they need to be properly socialized and trained to accept smaller dogs and cats as part of their pack. If they don’t, chances are your smaller pets will not live long.

If you keep these things in mind, living with a Siberian Husky will be an absolute dream. They are wonderful pets and very friendly and kind. They have beautiful personalities to go with their beautiful furs and eyes. It is a privilege to have Siberian as part of your family.

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6 Grooming Tips for Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies have a lot of fur. They have double coats because they are a breed from the cold Russian country Siberia. They do not need a lot of washing, but there are some routine grooming things required to ensure that your husky is at his best.

Brush his fur regularly. If you brush your Husky once a week, you will have a lot less hair in the house. They shed a lot – especially during the warmer months of the year. So, invest a good dog grooming brush and make it a routine thing to brush your dog once a week.

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Don’t bathe him too often. When you bathe a dog, you are removing the natural oils of the skin and this can cause irritation and dry skin. Only wash him when he has been rolling in the mud, splashing in a pool of dirty water, or is otherwise really dirty and smelly. Siberian Huskies are almost like cats when it comes to cleaning themselves and they will rarely be very filthy.

Brush his teeth. To prevent tartar build-up and potential gum disease, brush your dog’s teeth at least two or three times a week. If you can make it a daily thing that would be even better.

Clip his nails. Clipping a dog’s nails is not a simple task. Apart from the fact that they are sensitive about their feet, you need to be careful not to clip too deep. There are blood vessels in their nails and if you clip to deep you will cause bleeding and make future attempts almost impossible.

Never shave your husky. The double coat is there for a reason: it warms and cools Huskies according to the temperature. The fur is important to regulate body temperature. When you shave the fur, you are leaving your Husky’s skin unprotected from the sun. After shaving, the undercoat also doesn’t grow back as successfully which will cause body temperature regulation problems. Don’t shave your Siberian Husky’s coat unless it is a medical emergency.

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Check his ears.Ear infections are common in dogs of all breeds and cause them a lot of discomfort. Do a routine check every day or two to make sure that there is no redness or sores and that it is not swollen. You can use dog ear cleaner on an ear bud to gently clean the inside part of the ear. Never insert anything into the ear. Just clean the shell of the ear.

Siberian Huskies are actually not difficult to groom. The only thing you need to know is that there will be a lot of hair. Other than that, establishing a routine for teeth, nails, brushing, and ears, will make your grooming a quick and painless event. It is important to make your dog used to touching, brushing, working with their ears and paws, and checking their teeth from a young age. This will make them more comfortable and accept it as non-threatening.

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Siberian Huskies as Sled Dogs

Siberian Huskies are natural pack and sled animals. It was their job to pull their owners through snow for work. It is part of their heritage, but not all of them will like doing this today. Siberian Huskies make great sled dogs, but you should never force your dog to pull you or anyone else if he doesn’t enjoy it. It is cruel to make your dog do something that scares them or hurts them or makes them uncomfortable.

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Training to Pull

When dog sledding is done correctly, it can be a fun activity for both you and your dog. If he likes pulling, you can train him to pull. Start small with something light and make him get used to pulling weight behind him. When he gets used to it, you can try attaching a sled or something similar. It is of great importance that you make sure your dog is wearing a cross-breasted and secure harness. The harness should not hurt your dog and it also shouldn’t be too loose. The wrong harness and incorrect wearing can cause your dog injury and pain.

Commands

It is also important that you teach your dog the pulling or sledding commands. You can decide which works for you. You should have commands that tell your dog when to start moving, when to stop, when to go left, when to go right, when to slow down, and also when to pass an obstacle or distraction. There are commands associated with these actions, but you can decide what works best for you.

Controversy

Dog sledding and dog racing is a controversial issue in some places. Professional sled dogs are not always treated in the best way and are left outside in the cold. Animal rights groups have a big problem with this treatment and so do we. However, we are talking about dog sledding as a recreational activity and not necessarily a competitive one. If you treat your dog well, feed him, and give him lots of care and love, there is no reason to worry. If you use a sturdy harness and don’t allow your dog to pull excessively heavy loads or for extended periods, you are being responsible.

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Taking part in Events

If you want to take part in events with your dog, you should join a club like the International Siberian Husky Club. They have a lot of good advice to share and can even help you train your dog to be a sled dog. These clubs promote the rights and well-being of the Siberian Husky and will not allow inhumane treatment. They also have events where you can compete and have your dog practice his training. It is important to make sure that your dog is fit enough to do these events. Sledding should be fun for you both and should in no way harm your dog.

If you are interested in training your Husky as a sled dog, contact ISHC for more information. Also, keep doing research and always put your Husky’s health and well-being first.

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How to Train a Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are very intelligent dogs and some people believe that this makes them untrainable. This is, however, not true. Huskies can be trained well if done correctly. Training is more effective if it starts at a young age rather than later, but older dogs can still also be trained.

Follow these tips to train your Siberian Husky.

  1. Be consistent – Consistency is the key to training any dog and actually any human or other animal as well. Be consistent in your rules and what is allowed and what not. Make sure that everyone in your family enforces the same behavior and don’t give your Husky mixed signals. When the Husky understands the boundaries and they are consistently applied, he will obey and not be a problem-dog.
  2. Be the alpha – Siberian Huskies are pack dogs by nature. They need to feel part of your pack and if you want to call the shots, you need to be the alpha. If you are a strong leader, he will gladly listen and obey. To make it clear that you are the alpha, do the following:
  • Always end with the toy when you’re playing. You should be the one that starts and ends play time.
  • Always enter a doorway first. This way he will know that you are the leader and that he should follow.
  • Consistently enforce the rules and boundaries that you set from the beginning.

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  1. Take him to puppy school – Siberian Huskies must be socialized and trained to obey. The best place to do this is at puppy school. At puppy school, you and your dog learn to bond and he learns to obey basic commands. After puppy school, you can also do obedience training. These training sessions are good for socialization purposes and because it gives your dog exercise and fresh air.
  2. Do crate trainingCrate training means that you train your dog to know where his own little space is. A crate that is big enough for him to sleep in and move a bit is a good size. Train him by leaving him inside for a few minutes and reward him if he stays calm and let him out. You will have to repeat this several times to make him understand that the crate is his place. He will learn that he can go there to sleep, get away from people and other pets, and patiently wait for you to return home.

These simple tips will get you on the right track with your Siberian Husky. They truly are excellent dogs and once they understand the boundaries and recognize you as alpha, you will have lots of fun together.

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Siberian Husky Fact Sheet

Siberian Huskies are most well-known for being sled dogs in snowy countries. They are a breed that originated in Siberia, Russia and are generally of medium-size. They have many distinctive traits – both physical and personality-wise. They are working dogs that helped the Chukchi people who were hunter-gatherers. These people lived in very harsh and cold weather and that is why Huskies are so happy with the cold.

Physical Traits

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Coat and fur – Because of the cold weather from which they originated, Siberian Huskies have a double-layer coat. The undercoat is very dense and there to protect them against the cold. The top layer is longer but still short hair to add a second coat of protection against the cold. Their fur reflects heat during hot months and can still keep cool. They shed a lot and require grooming on a regular basis.

Color and patterns – Siberian Huskies are mainly white and black, but there are also those that are copper-red and white or gray and white. You will also occasionally find a pure white Husky. They usually have white paws, legs, and facial markings, but the patterns differ from dog to dog. Most Huskies have distinctive patterns and markings on their faces and ears.

Eye color – Huskies can have almost any combination of eye color. Mostly their eyes are brown or blue, but you will often also see dogs with one of each color or even eyes that are parti-colored.

Build – Siberian Huskies are medium-sized dogs with long and furry tails. They are not built like some bully breeds, but they are strong.

Other Traits

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They are good with children – The Siberian Husky was raised within a family setting by the Chukchi people which mean they are used to being around children. They are good with children and can gentle and good pets.

They have hunting instincts – The Chukchi only used the dogs for work during the winter months when the snow was thick. During summer, the dogs ran free in packs and hunted for their food. Because of this, they may not be great with smaller animals. They can be trained to get used to cats and smaller dogs.

They need a lot of exercise – They are a very active and energetic breed and they need exercise daily.

They are known escape artists – A Siberian Husky can jump, crawl, or dig his way out if he wants to. When being kept as pets, they need to be in a secure and fenced area that outwits their smart escape tactics.

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs and they make very good pets. The most important things to remember is that they need training to be obedient and they need to feel part of a pack.